Neck Circumference as a Simple Tool for Assessing Central Obesity in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Greece – A Descriptive Study

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The Review of Diabetic Studies,2016,13,4,215-216.
Published:February 2017
Type:Letter to Editor
Author(s) affiliations:

Athanasia Papazafiropoulou1, Konstantina Anagnostopoulou1, Nikolaos Papanas2, Konstantina Petropoulou1, and Andreas Melidonis1

1Diabetes Centre, First Department of Internal Medicine, Tzaneio Hospital of Piraeus, Piraeus, GREECE.

2Diabetes Centre, Second Department of Internal Medicine, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, GREECE. 


Neck circumference (NC) is a marker of upper- body subcutaneous adipose tissue, and may represent additional metabolic risk factors independent of central adiposity [1]. It has so far been associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), insulin resistance, and the metabolic syndrome (MS) [1]. However, epidemiological studies on the clinical significance of NC in subjects with T2DM are lacking. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to determine whether NC alone can be used for easy determination of overweight and central obesity in patients with T2DM.